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  • This Advent devotional contains twenty-eight daily devotions which

    comprise the first four weeks of devotions from the larger work titled Search the Scriptures - A Daily Devotional on the Life of Jesus the Christ. The 800-page, first volume of that work is a hardcover book with 365 devotions. The second volume also has a devotion for every day of the year. The third volume is a work in progress. For more information on these first two volumes please go to the scholia.net or stores.lulu.com/scholia website.

    All Scripture quotations were translated from the original languages. The hymn stanzas are from Evangelical Lutheran Hymn-Book (1918). The back cover illustration is by Alexandre Bidá. This image was

    scanned from Gallery of Bidá Engravings (1891),. The front cover art is by Sharon Geiser and the design is by the author.

    Permission is granted to make copies of this devotional provided that

    1.) there are no changes in content; 2.) the devotional is a complete copy; and 3.) it is given to others without charge for the devotional or for any copying, packing or shipping costs associated with the making or distribution of the devotional.

    © 2007 by Michael L. McCoy

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    The Week of Advent 1

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    Sunday - The Advent of the Eternal King.

    Lift up your heads, oh you gates, and be lifted up you ancient doors, and the King of Glory shall enter! Who is this King of Glory? The LORD of Hosts - He is the King of Glory! — Psalm 24:9-10. Dear Redeemed,

    Under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, David, a temporal king of a small nation in this world, composed this psalm about the eternal, reigning King of Glory. David likens the coming or the advent of this King to an earthly king approaching the entrance of a walled city. The cry is, “Crank open the gates and lift high the doors! The king is drawing near and he is going to enter. Be ready!”

    Who is this King of Glory? This is no common king; this is the LORD of Hosts. This is Jehovah - Yahweh - the LORD God Almighty. Specifically, this King of Glory is the eternal Son of God - the Christ - the Messiah - the eternal Word of God. The psalmist writes that Christ the King is drawing near and His entry would soon take place.

    Why is the King of Glory coming? Listen, dearly beloved. He does not come to be a judge or to condemn those who have not kept His Word perfectly. No one has done that. Rather, the Christ is coming to rescue us from sin, death and the devil. He will do that by dying for us and granting us the forgiveness of all our sins.

    Behold, the King of Glory enters into time from eternity! The Creator of space and time is preparing to enter His creation at a very specific place and in the fullness of time. The Son of God will be conceived by the Holy Ghost within the womb of a Jewish maiden named Mary. The unborn Son of God will reside within her for nine months. Then the King of Glory will be born in the City of David. Angels will tell the shepherds of the Birth of the Savior, which is Christ the Lord, in the little town of Bethlehem. He Who will be named Jesus, which means “Savior,” will be born for all the people, and therefore, He is your Jesus, your Savior, - no matter who you are - no matter where you are. No matter what - He is the King of Glory - He is your King of Glory!

    PRAYER — O LORD God, Creator of the universe and my Creator, from eternity You have thought of me and have desired only what is best for me. I confess that I am not worthy of the least of Your mercies and grace. Rather, because of my sinfulness and my sins of thought, word and deed, I have deserved nothing but eternal condemnation. Yet, You - King of Glory - have entered this creation to be the Savior of all people. Please, O Lord, continue to enter my soul and abide in me. May it be so, according to Your Word. Amen.

    Hymn 137, 1-3 & 6.

    THE Advent of our God Our prayers must now employ, And we must meet Him on His road with hymns of holy joy.

    The everlasting Son Incarnate deigns to be: Himself a servant’s form puts on, To set His people free.

    Daughter of Zion, rise And greet thy lowly King, And do not wickedly despise The mercies He will bring.

    Praise to the Savior Son From the created host: Like praise be to the Father done, And to the Holy Ghost.

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    Monday - The Humble Advent of the Savior. Rejoice greatly, O Daughter of Zion! Shout, O Daughter of Jerusalem! Behold, your King comes to you. He is just and having salvation; humble and riding upon a donkey - on a colt, the foal of a donkey.

    — Zechariah 9:9.

    Dear Redeemed, Through the Old Testament prophet, the Holy Spirit revealed the promise of the King of Glory’s Advent. This is Good News for the

  • Daughter of Zion, which is the Church. This is part of the Gospel for the Daughter of Jerusalem, which is also the Church. The Son of God, Who is most certainly just and righteous, will be the Savior of the world. Jesus is just, keeping His own Law perfectly and Jesus is righteous for He is the LORD God.

    Notice how the prophet describes the Almighty God’s Advent as Savior. Humble. On a donkey. On a colt. The Christ will not come making demands, issuing orders and driving people into heaven. Rather, the Messiah will arrive in lowly circumstances, being born in the little town of Bethlehem, sleeping His first night on earth in a lowly manger, owning no property. Then, years later, He will ride a borrowed donkey into Jerusalem, be condemned like a common criminal, die on a brutal cross and be placed in a cold tomb. That’s how He comes. What is His reason for coming? Salvation. The Messiah will come for the salvation of the Old Testament people and the Christ’s advent is for the salvation of the New Testament people. The Son of God has come to be the Ransom for all - and what He has done for all, He has done for you. Jesus, the Son of David, took on your death in order to give you His Life. The King of Glory bore your sin that you might be given His perfection. The Christ endured and conquered hell in order that you would be an heir of heaven. The eternal King, crucified and risen, has a kingdom ruled by grace. For salvation is by the grace of God, not because of works or merits on your part. Rather, it is by grace through faith in Jesus - trust in Who He is and belief in what He has done. You believe this. You are His and belong to His Church. You are a member of the Israel of God. You are the Daughter of Zion and the Daughter of Jerusalem. Therefore, Rejoice greatly, O Daughter of Zion! Shout, O Daughter of Jerusalem! Behold, your King comes to you!

    PRAYER — Unto You, dear Lord, do my prayers ascend. I thank You for coming into this world and for fulfilling Your Word of grace and salvation. You bestow salvation as a gift. Grant me repentance when I begin to trust in my works, words or intentions. Remind me that I am forgiven because of what You have done, said and thought. O Lord Jesus, Redeemer King, grant me steadfast faith in You, being my king in life and being my king in death. May my soul rejoice greatly with all Your people of all times, and may my mouth join with all others who shout “Hosanna! Blessed is he who comes in the Name of the Lord, the King of Israel!” Amen.

    Hymn 135.

    COME, Thou precious Ransom, come! Only Hope for sinful mortals! Come, O Savior of the world! Open are to Thee all portals; Come in wonted suavity, Anxiously we wait for Thee. O great King of glory, come! Let me be Thy living temple; Enter Thou into my heart; Though I am but poor and simple, Yet my riches then shall be, That Thou reignest, Lord, in me. My hosannas and my palms Graciously receive, I pray Thee; Evermore, as best I can, Savior, I will homage pay Thee, And in faith I will embrace, Lord, Thy merit through Thy grace. Hail! Hosanna! David’s Son, Help, Lord, hear our supplication! Let Thy kingdom, scepter, crown Bring us blessing and salvation, That forever we may sing: Hail! Hosanna to our King.

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    Tuesday - The Advent of the All-Knowing God.

    And the LORD God called to Adam and said to him, “Where are you?” — Genesis 3:9. Dear Redeemed, Adam had sinned and he was condemned. He knew that he had disobeyed the Word of God. His conscience accused him. His reason was now in charge and it was faulty. He attempted to cover his shame

  • with leaves, but this did not work. He fled the Presence of the LORD, leading his wife deep into the Garden of Eden. How foolish! In Sunday’s devotion we heard that God, Who would be coming into this fallen world as its Savior, is eternal. Today we focus on the omniscience of God - that is, He knows everything. So, when our text records the fact that God sought to find Adam and said, Where are you?, it’s not because God didn’t know where he was. The Lord knew exactly what had happened and where Adam was and what he was doing. It is also important to note that Adam did not come to God. Rather, the Word of the Lord - the Son came to Adam. Thousands of years later, Jesus would say, No one is able to come to Me, unless the Father, Who sent Me, draws (or drags!) him; and I will raise him up at the last day (John 6:44). God knew exactly what word to say to Adam. First, the fallen man needed to hear the accusing and condemning La